Goals posts, page 2 of 3.

What Kind of Hiker Am I?

Even after living in and exploring the wilderness of Arizona for two years I still consider myself a Michigan hiker. It's only fair, in some ways: my hunger for the outdoors started in the Upper Peninsula and I spent seven years up there hunting waterfalls and old growth and forgotten places. Two…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted October 24, 2016
  • read more

Hiking and Backpacking in 2016

Hiking in Arizona has become more appealing over the last year. To avoid the hot summer temperatures I can start early in the morning or drive to the higher elevations around Payson and Flagstaff. I've only run into a handful of poisonous creatures and never felt like I was in actual danger. Cactus…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 21, 2016
  • read more

Lessons Learned from Isle Royale

Planning for the Isle Royale solo adventure stretched out months before I stepped onto the Queen at Copper Harbor. There were itineraries to sync up, pieces of gear to purchase, calories to count, and more than a few tests of physical readiness. Even after all this preparation the island would teach…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted October 13, 2015
  • read more

Desert Hiking Goals for 2015

Usually around this time I have a full list of hikes to tackle for the year, an ambitious list of mountain peaks and waterfalls and other remote areas. A list focused on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, that is. It has been hard to get as excited for Arizona hikes. I've mentioned several times that…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 28, 2015
  • read more

Epic UP Hikes: 2014 (and Beyond!)

Schemes of epic hikes always seem to pile up when winter slowly lumbers along. This month has been especially filled with shiny ideas. Its been a long three months since my last trip to the Upper Peninsula and now, thanks to a busy work schedule and the constant threat of record-setting cold…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 26, 2014
  • read more

Running Roadbumps

Over a year ago I started running. For a while I kept the routes short, only about a mile or so, not trying to pace or push myself too much. Then, in November, the plateau shattered and I was going for three, four, even six mile runs, averaging a ten minute/mile pace. In December I ran my first 5k…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted September 23, 2013
  • read more

Refactoring the Waterfall Site

As I discussed in a recent post about my 2013 plans, I've started working on my waterfall site again. This was my first large-scale side project, outdating my blog by a few months and including over a hundred waterfalls and 50-odd journal entries. The website included driving directions, photos, and…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted August 14, 2013
  • read more

Ramping Up for a Big 2013

Huh. I guess we made it past another potential doomsday, the Mayan apocalypse. We're now two weeks into 2013 and well past the time to make resolutions about losing weight and writing novels. But that's not enough to stop me from laying out some goals, especially as the next six months are the last…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 14, 2013
  • read more

The Appalachian Trail Plan

A few years ago I was considering hiking around Lake Superior. It's been done now (Full Circle) by an elderly couple who took 145 days to hike the 1,555 miles in 2010. While it's still tempting to try this hike in the future a new target has come up that seems more feasible: the Appalachian…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 7, 2013
  • read more

And After, Kids

Katie and I were married on a beautiful August afternoon. After the wedding a lot of our family and friends jokingly asked how long it would be before we had kids, a question that we would respond to with a good-natured laugh. We're in our late twenties, and while some of our peers have a decent…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted December 31, 2012
  • read more

Activity Stream

  • Blogged about hiking | Rim Trail and Aztec Peak.
  • Blogged about hiking | Center Mountain to Pueblo Canyon Overlook.
  • Tweeted | RT @mikeveerman: Ah 2018. Scrum means "Waterfall but we don't have time for analysis". Kanban means "Scrum, but we don't have time for sp…
  • Tweeted | RT @jonoringer: Shutterstock and Magic Leap Partner to Transform the Future of Reality [shutterstock.com/blog/magic-lea…] via @shutterstock
  • Tweeted | While I was messing around with a rescue lowering system today my kids got curious and we spent an hour configuring… [twitter.com/i/web/status/1…]
View more activities…